The reader will switch to version 4.0, with an interface described as “more modern” by the president of the VideoLAN association, Jean-Baptiste Kempf.
What was originally a university project continues to be used by millions of users around the world.. VLC, the player represented by a traffic cone, will pass the fourth, three years after the arrival of version 3.0.
No date has yet been announced, but the release is scheduled for this year. The software will benefit from a more modern interface, as announced in 2019 during FOSDEM, a conference for developers, organized each year in Brussels.
Under the hood, VLC will also evolve, with support for the AV1 codec (which is currently possible, but on an experimental basis), AirPlay compatibility for Android in order to send content to the Apple TV, and the presence of the PiP display, i.e. picture-in-picture which allows you to reduce the size of the video and continue to use your computer.
Finally, VLC could venture onto the web, with a version of the player capable of playing any video file from a browser. The project is still far from being finalized, but proves that the creators of VLC continue to evolve their product.
Twenty years after its first open-source version, the app is more popular than ever, with between 800,000 and 1 million downloads every day. In addition to the desktop versions, VLC is also available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chrome OS.